John Manuel on Yonder Alonso:
Q: Daniel from NYC asks: from NYC asks:
With the plate discipline that Yonder Alonso has shown will he be the best overall hitter ( Power/ average) to emerge from this draft class?
A: John Manuel: He could be; I don' think he has the combination of hitting for average and power that Alvarez, Smoak and, say, Eric Hosmer have, but he walked twice as much as he struck out at Miami the last 2 years, and still managed to hit 20-plus bombs this season. He's short to the ball, keeps the bat through the zone a long time and has a nice, high finish. He's going to hit, I think the Q is how many home runs. .300-.400.-.550 seems like it's possible for him to achieve fairly consistently.
And on the Reds draft:
Q: Brandon from Charleston asks:
What are your thoughts on the Reds draft?
A: John Manuel: Mixed. I like Alonso, but would prefer Gordon Beckham or Smoak there. I like Carter Morrison and Alex Buchholz, but I'm not sure there's another potential everyday regular after Alonso, the kind of thing that would make it a great draft. I like Sulberan and Zach Stewart and some of the athletes there, but the depth of pitching in the class seems a bit thin here at the outset.